Last night on his show, Stephen Colbert asked author David Finkel, "Does it frighten you to receive death threats from pacifists?"
Finkel, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, spent eight months embedded with troops in Iraq, learning the ins-and-outs of the lives of young American soldiers in battle. In his new book, "The Good Soldiers," Finkel searches for answers as to what happened psychologically to these 19- and 20-year-old troops. The author discussed his new book on The Colbert Report last night.
"This war is anything but over for many of the soldiers who fought it," Finkel said.
Finkel sought to report on what happens to very young men -- many just teenagers -- entering war with optimism and earnestness, only to find a lost cause. How did war change these troops?
"Finkel brilliantly captures the terrors of ordinary men enduring extraordinary circumstances," The New York Times reports.
After going door-to-door searching for explosives in East Baghdad, as roadside bombs persistently exploded, many of the young soldiers were left with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. These were surge troops 2007.
Good Reads calls the book "remarkable."
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